Site Update: Motion Book Tool, BookshelfIn our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.Site Update: Motion Book Tool, Bookshelf10 months ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Create & Sell Motion Books on deviantART
Become your own publisher and create interactive reading experiences with the Motion Book Tool. Madefire's powerful and adaptable Motion Book Tool is now in your hands, allowing you to create expressive stories where audio and visual artistry collide!
Plus, with deviantART’s new Bookshelf feature, you can easily access all of your favorite purchased digital content!
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So, I was talking about a revolution...It's ALIVE!!!!So, I was talking about a revolution...10 months ago in Personal More Like This
OK, all, here she is!
Login. Upload. Publish direct to dA! HERE!
Remember - this tool was made for ALL creators!
You can publish text only, or illustrated books, comics, or go the whole hog and add depth, sound and motion. It really is up to you, and only limited by your imagination!!!
Checkout this quick-start video - how to upload and publish a book in minutes:
Great demo by http://codygarciaart.deviantart.com
Motion Books on dA
Motion Book Tool Support
The revolution is here!!!!
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Madefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge! (Open)Let’s do this thing!Madefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge! (Open)8 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
It's been an exciting two weeks as we’ve slowly revealed what this contest is about, who’s involved, and what the reward is—THANK YOU for the support and excitement, we appreciate it more than you could imagine…but the day is finally here…what everyone’s been waiting for…
LET THE CONTEST BEGIN!
This journal features everything you’ll need to get started—full script page, final designs, and contest legal info. And a special note on the final delivery of your piece—there is no ‘right’ method of delivery, meaning it doesn’t have to look like a finished comic book page or anything that structured…Motion Books don’t have to adhere to a print layout so individual panels can be provided if you’d prefer. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask in the comment thread and we’ll get back to you!
This contest will officiall
Rip open your skull and publish into your brainLook, let's just get this out of the way once and for all...Rip open your skull and publish into your brain10 months ago in Personal More Like This
WE ALL LOVE PRINT!
I mean - we REALLY REALLY REALLY love print!
Nobody - NO-BO-DY! - wants to kill print. Not Madefire, not deviantART, not any other digital art, comic or literature provider. That isn't the point of digital at all! That conversation should be forced to stand in a corner with a dunce hat on, because it really is THAT dumb and isn't worth our time. Don't look at it. Don't talk to it. And definitely don't feel sorry for it! It's a trolling meme and doesn't have a worthy or generous thought in it's very small brainpan. It's an evil little turd with a mean spirit and no imagination.
And don't feed it either!
Let's rip open our skulls and publish directly into our brains shall we? Let's stream story-forms to our liminal cortex and mainline creativity! Let's unlearn everything we thought we knew about words, pictures, motion, sound, and the mediums we know so well, bec
dA community on Madefire appDo me a favor:dA community on Madefire app7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Get out your Android, iPad, iPhone, or mobile platform of choice, and open the Madefire app. There's a bunch of new things I'd like you to check out.
The sections work like this:
This is 'classic' comic material. No bells, no whistles, just no bullshit, honest comics. (Indie creators and publishers should know we can put their material up within a couple of weeks of sending us a PDF. If your book isn't here you should ask yourself why not?)
This is where we continue to push the medium with a wide variety of cutting edge digital storytelling unique to each book. We also have books from top publishers - those that have had vision and were willing to push the envelope. You can get sucked in for hours.
We also have a deviantART section that features two categories:
The catch-all for pretty much everything anybody publishes on dA using the motion book tool. This ranges from single image parallax pa
The Digital Revolution Continues Here!WOW!!!!The Digital Revolution Continues Here!10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Seriously, what an incredible few days!!!
I wanted to capture a bit of the excitement and share my favorite digital comics and books, from pros and amateurs alike, because something really special is happening! I'll be sharing more in the coming weeks and months, but to kick you off and without further ado:
NEW USER GENERATED CONTENT
These books show a range of styles and approach, from classic static manga, to innovative use of sound and motion:
This parallax by Danesippi is deceptively simple, but works beautifully. So much depth!
The most basic use of the tool, but so amazingly designed and executed by Grozyll that it begs to be checked out.
East and west are fused in this book by
Motion Book round-up!It's amazing - there are almost 250 motion books created by deviants now!!!Motion Book round-up!9 months ago in Personal More Like This
I wanted to highlight some more, as well as showing the diversity:
First - here's an entirely new use by krukof2 to promote a competition in both French and English, using the link function:
We're also seeing the tool used to create single-image parallaxes, which are REALLY effective. Motion pictures in the real sense!
Here's an excellent one by OHMEGA18:
I absolutely love this simple print-book type read by mothbot:
But I'm also excited to see people really digging in to the tool to create motion books, such as this from
Files sizes and the reader performanceFile size does matter to a certain extent in how your book will perform in the reader.Files sizes and the reader performance9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Pages with lots of assets that have large file sizes may tend to slow down in the reader or take a little while to load.
The best rule of thumb is to try to keep the file sizes of your assets as low as possible without affecting the quality of the asset.
For images, use a .png for any image that contains transparent pixels (such as a character cut out of it's environment).
Use a .jpg for any image that does not contain any transparent pixels (such as a background image). Where a .png may be 2 or 3 megabytes in size, that same image will be about 500k as a .jpg and that savings will help your page perform better without reducing the quality.
For sound, try to loop sound where you can and fade out sound where you can. Instead of just playing a 2 minute long piece of music, try to make the melody loop, then move to the next looped melody at a tap point. This not only reduces file size
Timing, and great horror storiesTiming is everything they say.Timing, and great horror stories6 months ago in Personal More Like This
One thing particularly central to effective horror is precisely that – timing. And at this time of the year it’s a fitting subject!
The greatest bonus to classic sequential storytelling in the digital realm is that you can really play with this to great effect – and I think we’re only scratching the surface!
The other great bonus is the potential for ambience and sound.
Both of these aspects have been used to great effect in the series ‘Houses of the Holy’ by Mike Carey and Dave Kendall.
This issue is one of the most chilling I’ve ever read:
On Tuesday another fantastically realized, utterly chilling book was released – ‘Books of Blood’ #1 by the visionary Clive Barker, as illustrated by the brilliant Sam Shearon.
The atmospherics here are astonishing, and the torments suffered by the protagonist are both epic and
Thank youI'd like to present this latest journal in the form of a motion book...Thank you9 months ago in Personal More Like This
We are staggered by the wonderful responses we've had since the journal below went out:
May you continue to make wonderful things!
Again - thank you all for the support, feedback and for getting involved! That's what we need most - people to take a chance, and try something new!
1. What would you like to know about in my next journal?
2. What is best in life?
Follow-Up on the Motion Book ToolIn February, we released Madefire's Motion Book Tool to an initial set of deviants, marking the beginning of the Tool's release on deviantART. We've since seen deviants create a variety of detailed and impressive Motion Books, and are pleased with the artistic diversity that deviants are bringing to the Motion Book Tool.Follow-Up on the Motion Book Tool1 year ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Check our the amazing examples below to see some of the great work deviants have produced with the tool:
As we continue to gradually release the Tool to the deviantART community, we want to ensure that the experience of creating and submitting Motion Books is streamlined and efficient from start to finish.
For deviants who already have access to the Motion Book Tool, we'd appreciate a few minutes of your time to answer the following questions. Your feedback will be used to aid development and testing. Aga
Madefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge! (Day 1) Artist Challenge!Madefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge! (Day 1)9 months ago in Personal Journal More Like This
For Madefire’s last artist hunt on deviantART, waaaay back in 2012, our goal was to simply find a great artist to draw a monster story that our CCO, Liam Sharp, had written. And to say we were really pleased with the results is an understatement — not only did we have dozens upon dozens of remarkable submissions, we found a truly amazing creator who’s gone on to produce a number of stories for us. Here's the episode that came about from that contest:
This time around, however, we want to make it a bigger, more involved challenge — and a challenge it’ll be! Like before, the winner will get a paid Motion Book gig through Madefire; but rather than simply sending us your existing samples, we’d like you to take the initiative and show us how YOU would approach the story and characters. We’ll provide the script page, character designs and the de
Fran Kenstein Artist Challenge--WINNER!Drumroll please...and the winner is...Fran Kenstein Artist Challenge--WINNER!7 months ago in Personal More Like This
It’s been a busy month so far (as we all just got back from New York Comic Con a few days ago, phew!) and boy did we have fun going through the entries for the Fran Kenstein Artist Challenge—thanks again for everyone who entered or supported us, we had a blast! We hope you did, too! It was tough coming to a consensus but we eventually did…
And so without further adieu, I’d like to introduce our winner:
Congratulations Morgan Long (Felis-M) as the winner in the Fran Kenstein Artist Challenge! She really went all-out with her sample, even coloring and lettering the piece, and we felt she wonderfully captured the spirit of the character and world. Judge Dave Gibbons even went so far as to note “it has a magical quality”.
So excited to get the project moving forward with you on board!
Madefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge (Day 10)Meet artist and character designer extraordinaire, Gilang Andrian!Madefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge (Day 10)8 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Good morning, everyone!
We’re gaining some serious momentum as our contest officially launches NEXT WEEK! Where does the time go? Haha!
We’re excited to have a short interview with the fabulous talent behind the Fran Kenstein designs! This guy is seriously a genius so enjoy:
First up—tell us a little about yourself!
Hello! My name is Gilang Andrian (alchemaniac), and I am a freelance artist based in Singapore for about a year now. I really love drawing, and I never stop trying to explore other techniques and styles!
You’re a completely digital artist, correct? What are your “tools of choice” digitally?
Yes! I can’t really draw well on paper, maybe because of the super-powerful Ctrl+Z feature. I have tried several programs like Corel Painter, Paint Tool SAI, Clip Studio Paint, but the program that I like the most is
Madefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge! (Day 6)Contest UpdateMadefire 'Fran Kenstein' Artist Challenge! (Day 6)8 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Did everyone have a terrific weekend? First of all - WOW! The initial response to our artist challenge has been HUGE! Thank you everyone who’s shown interest and enthusiasm, we’re as excited about this as you are! For our latest update on the coming Challenge I’d like to formally introduce our next two guest judges:
Terry Dodson (terrydodson)
Nei Ruffino (toolkitten)
Terry is one of the top artists in the world...want proof? Check out any stack of Marvel or DC Comics from the last 15 years and see his name everywhere. Not convinced? Check out his amazing and best-selling work in the European market—you’ll thank us once you do!
Nei is a tremendously talented artist who’s work has graced many a cover over the years and also happens to be one of the most in-demand color artists in all of comicdom! She’s a true f
How To Use The Motion Book ToolA versatile powerhouse of a creation device, Madefire’s Motion Book Tool can be used to make an variety of digital creations, ranging from simple print-style books to complex, dynamic Motion Books that leap off the screen.How To Use The Motion Book Tool10 months ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Simple: The Page-by-Page Experience
Creating comics, graphic novels, or other works in a classic page-by-page format is a simple, three-step process with the Motion Book Tool.
Step 1: Open the Motion Book Tool
Step 2: Click "Upload Assets" and upload your created pages
Step 3: Create a new project, and put your pages in the project in order
Step 4: Upload to deviantART!
Professional: Storytelling in Motion
At its full capacity, the Motion Book Tool is designed with the professional in mind: powerful enough to handle whatever your imagination can create. Because it’s professional-grade software, the Tool can be advanc
Devious Journal EntryDevious Journal Entry8 months ago in Personal More Like This
I hope everyone's been doing well, apologies for the delayed updated on the Fran Kenstein Artist Challenge! So far, things are going really well...we've communicated with SO many talent folks, it's been a thrill and we're starting to see some terrific layouts/images...really looking forward to the final submissions! Remember you have just under two weeks to deliver your sample for consideration so hop to it! (Not sure what we're talking about? Check out this link ASAP: http://fav.me/d7x622h )
We're excited to share a short interview with all-star judge Dustin Nguyen http://duss005.deviantart.com who was kind enough to answer some questions:
Can you tell us a little about yourself? And what’s your background in illustration/design—self-taught? University?
I draw comics for a liv